A year ago at this time, I had just finished shipping out our first wholesale orders to a handful of sweet shopkeepers. I didn't really know what I was doing at the time, but I decided to trust the Lord, jump in, and act like I knew what I was doing.⠀ ⠀ Today, Muscadine Press is on the shelves of shops in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Nevada. I still have a lot to learn, but I'd like to think that I know a little bit more now than I did then.⠀ ⠀ I'm completely blown away by God's faithfulness in this venture, and it makes my heart SO happy to know that women everywhere are being encouraged and uplifted by our prayer journals, verse cards, and gifts.⠀ ⠀ One of my favorite local boutiques recently restocked, and I snapped this photo of their display when I stopped by earlier today. I love the way AllyOops has everything set up. So, so pretty.⠀ ⠀ Is there a shop in your area that you think would be a good fit for Muscadine Press? If so, leave a comment below, and we'll be sure to reach out. I'd love for you to be able to walk into your favorite store and pick up a Dwell Journal for a friend this holiday season. Wouldn't you?⠀ ⠀ ❤️ Leslie Ann⠀
Choosing to rejoice anyway is one of the most powerful things that we can do to fight back against the enemy (who would like nothing more than to see us a defeated). It's a declaration of faith in God's goodness and faithfulness, despite all appearances to the contrary, and it's always good for us to declare his praise. Especially when our weary souls need to be reminded of his goodness.
I was in my 40s when my grandmother, Jewel, died in her mid-90s. One of my strongest childhood memories was sleeping in the extra twin bed in her room and hearing her pray aloud for each family member by name before she went to sleep.
Sometimes the very thing our souls most need is to stop in the middle of the brokenness and dwell on a thing of beauty. To be reminded that for all that is wrong and broken in the world, there is also beauty and light and life.